OK, we get it.
Not everyone is a jolly, “ho-ho-ho” kind of person.
Ugly Christmas sweaters aside, the holidays can mean shopping headaches and heaping servings of stress.
Still, you can find lots of things to do around the holiday season for the Scrooge in your life.
Here are a few suggestions for activities in the coming weeks, and yes, some will include the word Christmas, but you’ll probably have fun anyway.
Enjoy traditional and newer songs as performers provide powerful music, dance and drama during the “Celtic Christmas” Dec. 15-16 at the Rialto Center for the Arts.
Joe Craven and Jesse Edgerton appear as “Raven and Edgy,” two lost souls forever on a search for the true meaning of Christmas.
Other guests include Scottish fiddlers Suzanne Harner and Adam Bern and Scottish Highland piper Neil Womelduff.
Olivia Bradley, a young singer in the Irish Gaelic tradition, will also perform.
And it just wouldn’t be “Celtic Christmas” (darn it, we used that word again) without other performances, including the guitar work of Dublin’s native son John Doyle; Leah Calvert, the Rosin Sisters, the Buddy O’Reilly Band featuring vocalist Lisa Edwards, and the Glencoe School of Scottish Highland Dance.
8 p.m. Dec. 15 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16. $16-$75. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. NW, Atlanta. 404-413-9849, rialto.gsu.edu.
Comedian Don “DC” Curry
Funnyman Don “DC” Curry will bring the laughs Dec, 13-16 at the Uptown Comedy Corner in Hapeville.
Curry, a writer and actor, is known for his work as Uncle Elroy Jones in “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next” and for his role on the sitcom “Grace Under Fire.”
Curry has been doing stand-up comedy for more than three decades, getting his start during open mic nights.
Here’s something you may not know, though. Curry played professional baseball for the Detroit Tigers for a year, according to the Birmingham Times. A PK (preacher’s kid), Curry said in the article that he has been told his comedic delivery style is similar to a preacher’s.
Various times Dec. 13-16. $15-$450. Uptown Comedy Corner, 397 N. Central Ave., Hapeville. 404-768-0483, uptowncomedy.net.
‘East Lake: Where Bobby Learned to Play’ book signing
Atlanta native Linton C. Hopkins will discuss and sign copies of his book, “East Lake: Where Bobby Learned to Play,” at the Atlanta History Center on Dec. 16.
The book takes the reader back in time to introduce Bobby Jones and Alexa Stirling, who later changed the world of golf.
Readers will meet four of Jones’ other friends and learn about each hole of the modern Tour Championship course with them.
Woven into the narrative are personal essays by the golfer’s law partners and others inspired by him, including a one-time visitor who wrote a mystery story about his round of golf. The beautifully illustrated book also tells the history of East Lake and emphasizes the transformative work of Tom Cousins in the neighborhood, which has become a model adopted by other cities.
The program is followed with a reception, book signing, and exploration of “Fair Play: The Bobby Jones Story” exhibition.
4 p.m. Dec. 16. $10 for general public, $5 for members. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com.
Winter Solstice Wellness Yoga Fundraiser for Hosea Helps
Now you can find your inner balance and help a local nonprofit.
Join this community yoga event on the Winter Solstice, which benefits the Hosea Helps’s women’s job placement program. Constellation Energy will match up to $1,500 raised. Each ticket includes a swag bag and beverage from KEA Beverages. All levels are welcome.
Babysitting service is offered at a cost.
And if you can’t make it, you can still make a donation.
The event is hosted by Solstice Yoga + Barre, Momcierge Atlanta and KEA Beverages.
Solstice is a boutique, core-based, family-friendly yoga, barre and Pilates studio located in the Kirkwood-Edgewood-Candler Park neighborhoods.
10 a.m. Dec. 21. $25. Babysitting is $8 a child. Solstice Yoga + Barre, 195 Arizona Ave. NE, Suite 500, Atlanta. 404-909-5711, solsticeatlanta.com.
Detroit-born Dwele is a Grammy-nominated singer who has sold out venues in San Francisco and London.
Now, he’s coming to Atlanta for four shows at City Winery.
He writes and performs stirring R&B and soul music that harkens back to his city of Motown roots.
He has multiple critically acclaimed albums to his credit, including “Some Kinda,” “Sketches of a Man” and “Greater Than One.” Dwele has also collaborated with Big Sean, Common, Drake, Kanye West, Phife Dawg and Wale.
7 and 10 p.m. Dec. 20-21. $40-$50. City Winery Atlanta, Ponce City Market, 650 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.
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